NYSSA — It was a slow and steady win for the Nyssa Bulldogs as they hosted the Vale Vikings on Friday night. The game consisted of one touchdown per quarter, with the Bulldogs claiming a 20-7 victory.
Bulldog Dallin Widmer scored the first touchdown of the night on a nine-yard run during the first quarter with 1:56 left on the clock.
In the second quarter, Nyssa’s Sebastian Sanchez threw a 30-yard pass to Michael Smith who ran in 25 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 14-0. Then, Widmer scored the point-after kick.
Back from half time, the temperatures were dropping, but the score continued to climb for Nyssa with Widmer scoring his second touchdown, and Nyssa’s last for the night, with 7:48 on the clock.
Both teams seemed to be getting a little more aggressive during the fourth quarter, with both teams racking up the penalties. Vale’s quarterback Logan Skerjanec scored the Vikings’ only touchdown, bringing the final score to 20-7.
Viking head coach Matt Hawley said this game was much different than the Vikings’ last game when they defeated La Grande.
“Against La Grande we played hard,” Hawley said. “Nyssa is a good football team. I don’t think we took any steps backwards. I just think we played a little better team this week.”
Hawley said his team needed to make improvements.
“You can’t turn the ball over,” he said. “We have to win the turn-over battle, and those things kill the plays pretty quickly.”
Nyssa head coach Lee Long said his team also made mistakes, although fans may have not seen them all.
“There’s lots of mistakes, and when you’re the coach you see all of them,” he said. “Even though most don’t see them, I do. Both sides of the ball, offense and defense, made mistakes.
Long said he’s proud of his team and didn’t think any one player stood out more than the others.
“I don’t know if there is a key player,” he said. “If you’re looking at points, those guys are critical, but, really, across the board, it was pretty balanced. I don’t feel like there was a key player. There is not one team member where, if we didn’t have this guy, then we don’t win.”
Long said the Bulldogs played a very consistent game Friday.
Nyssa walked away with 197 total rushing yards against Vale’s 101 yards.